WWE has been undergoing some serious budget cuts lately. Nick Khan has been working to increase the bottom line of the company by trimming staff wherever he can. Even the producers who help put together matches are being affected by the cutbacks.
After a year where WWE released massive amount of in-ring talent, those backstage have also been feeling the pinch. WWE producers are reportedly feeling overworked. Efforts to bring in additional help have resulted in a further tightening of the corporate purse straps.
Mike Johnson of PW Insider noted that two of the producers who were with WWE on probationary basis are no longer there. Aria Daivari and Curtis Axel are no longer being brought in. Despite a push for more producers, WWE isn’t budging.
“We are told that the company also recently instituted some budget cuts, so Curtis Axel and Ariya Daivari, who had been working as producers on a probationary basis, are no longer being brought in, which made everyone’s night even harder from a production standpoint.
There had been a big push for more producers to be added right after Wrestlemania due to the insane workload and the time the company expects of the producers. That is what led to the probationary additions. Now, with the cutbacks, they have been dropped (at least short term), so the Producers are back to being what was described to PWInsider tonight as ‘extremely overworked.'”
Since the probationary additions to the production team are no longer there, WWE will continue to see major stress within the ranks. It’s all in the name of budget cuts as Khan hopes to deliver maximum financial value to shareholders. Time will tell if there is a lasting effect from the bare-bones budget on producers.
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